Rahul Sood is the founder of VoodooPC and the chief technology officer (CTO) of HP's Global Gaming Business. In a recent blog entry, he essentially says the future of PC gaming is in efficiency.
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He's right, though. Nobody wants to buy $5000 computers anymore. The average gaming computer will probably cost $500 to $1000 in the future.
for $700 I can build a PC equivalent to a $1500 Alienware, so it is your own damn fault if you're stupid enough to waste your money like that.
I agree my $500 custom built pc can run with the best of them considering that I overclocked the CPU/GPU/Memory. But still gotta love those sites with those overprice PC's at least you can see what are the HIGH END parts are in computers today and laugh at the price when you see it cost 1/4 of what they charge. ahaha =)
because most hardcore PC gamers found it cheaper to build their own rig than pay 2x-5x the price for voodoo to build it. That and most devs are looking (and salivating) at WoW's profits and, well, I'm glad there's still Valve.
whoever keeps writing these articles are stupid. Gaming started on PC's, it will end on PC's.
Gaming will never end.
@bviperz That's exactly it. Most gamers tend to build their own computers rather than pay some exorbitant amount from a company like Dell or HP. So this HP guy has the impression that PC gaming is down. Not really, it's more like PC gamers want more bang for the buck and build their own rather than pay 2-3 times as much for hardware they have little control over. PC gaming has been around about as long as game consoles and it's not going anywhere.
*Looks at my custom-built Gaming PC that cost under a thousand dollars* *smiles and shakes head @ overpriced hardware manufacturers*
Gaming PC? Linux Guru? Does_not_compute ;)
Agreed. I bet you can run NOLF on that thing, eh?
As in Counter Strike Source, HL2, any other source game, Olbivion runs well on it, so on so forth. Crossover is a great program, I forget how much I got it for, I think like 20 bucks or something. Enables you to run Windows programs. I built my gaming PC for 900 (excluding monitor). It can run any game so far with ease (except crysis of course, but we know what kind of whore that is).
LinuxGuru, by definition, means I know quite a bit about the linux OS. It does not mean I do not use Windows. =)
Well the guy does have a point, my 8800gts is getting on these days and could do with replacing. However I look at what's out for the PC and what is becoming available and I just can't see the point in slapping £200 on a new graphics card since there is nothing out there that will use it. But then again nothing on the console impresses me either so it isn't just the PC format having this problem. I mean sure the games look "prettier" but really we are just playing the same old crap we were playing 3 or 4 years ago.
Its over for PCs, except MMO's its over, yea youll have your here and there hit, but consoles will and are taking over as the mainstream gaming device.
Starcraft 2 and Diablo 3 are going to save the next year or two, but who knows after that.
If there are two games I'm looking forward they would be Starcraft 2 and Warcraft 4. Gotta remember MMO's are still popular on PC because of course all the buttons and hotkeys would be kind of hard on a controller with only like 8-10 buttons. RTS same thing and FPS games too. A controller IMO cannot replace a good keyboard and mouse. =)
lets remember they prefer the Wii, and play for about 2 hours per week. PC will always have niche titles, and I'll be happy to play 'em.
Thank god for Blizzard and their RTS/MMO games and Valve for their FPS games and Maxxis for the causal games. Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't The Sims the most sold franchise of all time and isn't the women who play those games? =P
Way to misinterpret the article, ForROME.
Lol I was on the Falcon Northwest site just building a computer just for fun and I laugh at how much it was to upgrade the VGA card to a ATI Radeon HD 4850 512MB, it was $400. LMAO, seriously it cost me only $150 on newegg to get one and took me less then 15-20 to install and get the updated drivers. I agree with all the comments above, no on in this day and age with all the knowledge on the internet and forums, that any one competent enough could build his/her own computer for 2/3 the price of what a company like Voodoo/Alienware/etc would charge for. Plus games nowdays on the PC don't push it to the Graphical Limits as much as before because developers like Blizzard/Valve and Maxxis especially want there games to run on almost every computer so more users can buy there games. Only once in a while you'll get something like a Crysis/Far Cry/Half-Life 2 where you might need to upgrade to something better in order to run at least 30FPS. PC Gaming is not doom. As long as there are developers like Valve/Blizzard/Maxxis and a distribution like Steam PC Gaming won't die, plus newegg wouldn't be here for our custom building computer needs =).
Well: - The Sims 3 - Diablo III - Starcraft II - MMO's - Any Valve, ID, or Epic game released on the PC will sell like crack also. I'm a console gamer mainly, but I supped this thing up to play Crysis on full. It was about 900 bucks for the whole shindig. That was a year ago.
I paid 797$ for My Rig delivered...I got it All!!! Quad Phenom/YADA/YADA....It plays every thing, And it does`nt miss a beat..+ I can work/do home Pics/Movies.... PCUSA.com... see what kinda trouble you can get into... Fast Delivery- PC gaming is doing fine...I`m here to tell you. Blizzard will keep you busy...Sid`s got some games as well...Don`t forget StarCraft2/and all the console games that go the way of the PC...ALienWare they might be in trouble...The price of a good PC should not go over 1k...unless you are making games...lol Ohhh and The Star Trek MMO is comming!!! I wonder how that will do...hmmm...Beam me Up Scotty...excuse me my Geek is showing...lol #1 order me a Star Trek Mouse...Engage!!! + it`s my belief that PC gamers have bigger pockets...And the developers know it-
Oh boy, another article announcing the doom of PC gaming. How many articles are there already... give it a rest. Get over it because PC gaming is not going no were. Everybody is announcing 2009 is the year of the PS3. Personally I prefer the PC lineup for 2009. I love RTS, and look how many quality RTS are coming out in 09. And if Diablo 3 comes out in 09, then that would be even better. 2009 is going to be the year of the PC for me. Hardcore console fan boys should be more concerned about the Wii, witch is taking the biggest chunk in the console business, and might define future consoles and games. I think that is worrying.
This article is not about the doom of PC gaming. The writer of the article is the CEO of Voodoo PC, and he says PC gaming is doing perfectly fine. What is article is about is the death of the uber-expensive gaming PC. Nobody is paying $5000 for a computer anymore, especially with this economy. I expect $500 to $1000 gaming PCs to become more prevalent in boutique PC stores like Voodoo.
phosphor112, lelo I suggest you actually go and read the article. He is not saying the days of PC gaming are coming to an end he is saying that manufacturers need to offer more bang for buck because consumers are not going to go out and buy triple SLI 2kw powered monster rigs like they used to because of the economic situation. Hardware is only part of the problem though, the software developers need to change their approach too. Games like Crysis and Armed Assault ran very poorly even on very high end machines. Software needs to be better optimized to give better performance across a broad range of specs. My gaming PC has a far better spec than my PS3 yet to run Crysis Warhead at a half decent framerate I had to turn off so much detail it looked very dated compared to games I play on the PS3. Yes the console developers only have one or two platforms to deal with but you can draw a baseline at some point and develop for that on PC. PC developers have become lazy. There is too much of a 'release now, patch later' mentality because unlike the console formats there is no platform holder with quality control. More and more of my PC gaming friends have bought consoles over the years. Apps like Cedega and Crossover are not the answer. You're running games with a far greater overhead. If the software developers would break away from the shackles of DirectX then Linux gaming would be an option and maybe we'd see more value from Microsoft with a bit of competition. PC gaming is dead but it cannot continue on blindly and ignorant to the changes going on around us.
He wasn't saying anthing was dead-just that it was changing from what we recognise now. I feel it has much to do with the way most people have a console these days. On a console , online I mean, you know the other guy has got pretty much the same set up as you (pad etc-only advantages being a lower ping or a bigger screen)the same isn't true of PC gaming is it-hell just look at the diffrences a good mouse and keyboard can make. He's saying the PC gaming world is changing , people want to know they can play the games on what they buy and that they aren't paying through the nose for no good reason(Crysis joke is his evidence and it's right). He wants to see this across the industry as a standard, almost, which again, makes me think of the console gaming model where you know how a game performs/will perform even if you don't understand the hardware yourself. PCgamin has become elite in terms of tech/money/knowledge in recent years(and yeah, the knowledge will save cash on the tech and so on -but again that isn't everyone's game). More efficient, more egalitarian and less cliquey isd where it needs to go 'cos more people want to play on a more level field-and devs need to sell to more people. I'm as gulty as the next guyof drooling over my imaginary budget and lists of motherboards and vid cards but I do think the guy has a point because while loads of people like the idea of gaming on the PC not that many either get it or uinderstand the hardware and it could be more reliable and inclusive.
control pads and fps are stupid, only games i play on console are racing games fps was made for keys and mouse, they feel like your playing half a game when u try them with a control pad
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